Ben Perry is afraid to go to sleep, and so is his beagle puppy, Panda. Even though Bens mother checks under the bed and assures Ben that theres no boogieman or monsters hiding under there, Ben is still afraid, especially when he sees the dark shapes of the tree outside his window moving.
Bens other two beagles hurry to comfort him, and Penny tells Ben a story about when she was afraid on the Fourth of July when she was just a puppy. Will Pennys story help Ben and Panda go to sleep?
Sleepytown Beagles: Pennys 4th of July is a book geared for children ages four and up. I read the story out loud to my two year old and my five year old. It held their interest, though it definitely isnt for two year olds. My five year old thought the story was scary, but she likes the story enough to want to look at the book and pictures over and over, and has even asked me to read it to her several times.
The book isnt the best written story Ive read, but my children didnt seem to mind. The book stresses how nice a place Sleepytown is for children (and beagles) and how sometimes we can take wrong turns and go to Nightmareville and if we do, we need to turn around and go the other direction. It also stresses that we need to obey our parents, even if we are scared and just want to run away, because parents know best, so it has some good lessons for children to learn. Parents might also want to check out the www.sleepytownbeagles.com site for some coloring pages to print out. There are also some word search puzzles and a word jumble too. $16.95 hardcover.